Minnesota 5th District Candidates Sidestep Ellison Allegations
Democratic primary in the state is Tuesday

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who is running for state attorney general, has been accused of abuse by a former girlfriend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three top Democrats running to succeed Rep. Keith Ellison in Minnesota’s 5th District responded cautiously Monday to allegations that he abused a former girlfriend in 2016.

The candidates did not say whether they believed the allegations against the six-term Democratic lawmaker, who has denied that the long-term relationship included physical abuse. They also did not call for him to resign or drop out of his current race for state attorney general. 

Keith Ellison Files to Run for Minnesota Attorney General
Democrat’s decision opens up Minneapolis-based 5th District seat

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is giving up his 5th District seat to run for state attorney general. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 5:35 p.m. | Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison filed to run for Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday.

The congressman tweeted a photo of himself filing, saying he was running “to be the People’s Lawyer, and to protect and defend all Minnesotans as your next Attorney General.”